When Windows 8 was released late last year, one of the novel aspects of the new operating system was its availability as an online download; even more impressive was the low price for this online version – $39 for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, a version of the OS normally priced $199.
But that promotion ends today. If you want to snag up to five upgrade copies of Windows 8 Pro for $39 each, you’ll have to do so before the end of the day today.
Tomorrow they’ll be an extra $160.
If you’re running Windows XP (with SP3), Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39 starting on October 26th. The upgrade is downloaded and upgrades your existing hardware in a few steps.
Of course, if your PC is running Windows XP, an upgrade is probably not advisable. I would recommend that XP users just buy a new Windows 8 computer; but if you’re running Vista – and especially Windows 7 – the upgrade should be just fine, particularly if your hardware was high-end at the time of purchase.
Update 10/26/12: The $39 upgrade is now live. You will download an upgrade assistant that will scan your PC, alert you to any possible conflicts with existing hardware or software, and allow you to purchase the upgrade. You can pay with either a credit card or PayPal.
Apple’s new 2012 MacBook Airs are already cheaper than last year’s models - the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU and 128GB SSD (model MD231LL/A) has an MSRP of $1199, $100 less than the comparable 2011 model when it was released.
But $1199 isn’t the best you can do if you’re in the market for a new MacBook Air. BestBuy stores have the new 12-inch MacBook Air for $1139, $60 off the Apple direct price. But, of course, at BestBuy you have to pay sales tax.
Amazon.com has the same model for the same price, but without sales tax and with no shipping costs. This is the best price I can find for this new laptop, and probably will be for some time.
I’ll be posting my review of the 13-inch 2012 MacBook Air in a few days…
Amazon has Apple’s new 2012 13-inch MacBook Air for $1194; that’s only a $5 savings over Apple’s direct price, but you don’t have to pay the sales tax you would through Apple’s web store, which can save you around $100.
Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t have the new Airs in stock – but they expect to in the next two days, so if you want to get in line you should order now.
The 2012 MacBook Air has Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor and graphics, USB 3.0, and a faster SSD. Plus, if you purchase a new Air now you get next month’s Mac OS Mountain Lion upgrade free.